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Each fish is their own, so would add corals slowly. One of each type to gauge their propensity. Also if planning a euphylia garden hammers and frogspawns will be less likely to sting each other. torches will often sting their related neighbors.
I like the frogspawns too I didn’t even think of those
 

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Yes. I would add both at the same time or the tomini first.
Purple has been in for 8 months. I plan to segregate the tank for a few days to isolate them from each other, since I don’t have a big acclimation box.

I’m trying to find a tomini that is at least his size or slightly larger, to mitigate potential issues.

I got the PT early because my LFS had one that had real bad HLLE and were selling it for $30. I got him back to looking perfect in about 6 weeks.
 

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Purple has been in for 8 months. I plan to segregate the tank for a few days to isolate them from each other, since I don’t have a big acclimation box.

I’m trying to find a tomini that is at least his size or slightly larger, to mitigate potential issues.

I got the PT early because my LFS had one that had real bad HLLE and were selling it for $30. I got him back to looking perfect in about 6 weeks.
Great! Nice save and wise to use an acclimation box. I have actually cut egg crate to the width of my tank and made a divider for a period of time.
 

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Great! Nice save and wise to use an acclimation box. I have actually cut egg crate to the width of my tank and made a divider for a period of time.
Yeah, that’s the route I’m going to take- I don’t have an acclimation box big enough for a 4” tang.

If I do it right, I’ll get my onyx perculas in the section with the RBTA and hopefully they’ll take interest. I don’t think they’ve even noticed it’s in there since they stick to the other side of the tank
 

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Yeah, that’s the route I’m going to take- I don’t have an acclimation box big enough for a 4” tang.

If I do it right, I’ll get my onyx perculas in the section with the RBTA and hopefully they’ll take interest. I don’t think they’ve even noticed it’s in there since they stick to the other side of the tank
My Ocs pair are the same. I have a Magnifica and a pair of massive RBTAs and 20 months in, they like their empty corner the best???
 

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Hi, I see you are planning to get 2 mandarin fish eventually. I have recently added one to my 75 gallon tank and in love with it. But, I have been told by experts here and otherwhere that they really need lots of pods and not possible to keep more than one in a tank this size. Two would soon be starving
 

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Hi, I see you are planning to get 2 mandarin fish eventually. I have recently added one to my 75 gallon tank and in love with it. But, I have been told by experts here and otherwhere that they really need lots of pods and not possible to keep more than one in a tank this size. Two would soon be starving
Not sure if your talking about my plans but I have a 180 gallon and I culture pods. I'm planning to also supplement with baby brine shrimp every couple days in addition. I should be able to support a mandarin and a ruby red dragonet in this tank
 

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Hello all! I have a 32 G Biocube, everyone I know personally in the hobby has been egging me on to get a six line wrasse...would you do it? I currently have 2 snowflake clowns, royal gamma, purple fire fish a CUC with a shrimp.
 

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Hello all! I have a 32 G Biocube, everyone I know personally in the hobby has been egging me on to get a six line wrasse...would you do it? I currently have 2 snowflake clowns, royal gamma, purple fire fish a CUC with a shrimp.
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Hi y'all. Setting up a 45g Red Sea E-170 AIO cube + Vortech MP10. Substrate is CaribSea Life Rock & Arag-Alive sand + Fritz 900. In prep for the cycle, trying to finalize (ha!) my planned inhabitant list. Your thoughts on this mix?

Fish:
Ocellaris Clowns (two, paired)
Banggai Cardinals (two)
Orchid Dottyback
Pink Streaked Wrasse (tank is netted)
Yellow Goby
Lawnmower Blenny (eventually)

CUC:
Cerith snails (5)
Trochus snails (5)
Nassarius snails (5)
Blue legged hermit crab (5)
Emerald crab
Peppermint shrimp
Cleaner shrimp
Serpent or Brittle starfish

Corals:
Zoanthids
Sinullaria
Toadstool
Xenia
Green Star Polyps
Euphyllia (Frogspawn/Hammer)
Bubble
Duncan
Candy Cane
+ maybe limited SPS wayyy down the road.

TIA,
Greg

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Hi y'all. Setting up a 45g Red Sea E-170 AIO cube + Vortech MP10. Substrate is CaribSea Life Rock & Arag-Alive sand + Fritz 900. In prep for the cycle, trying to finalize (ha!) my planned inhabitant list. Your thoughts on this mix?

Fish:
Orcellaris Clowns (two, paired)
Banggai Cardinals (two)
Orchid Dottyback
Pink Streaked Wrasse (tank is netted)
Yellow Goby
Lawnmower Blenny (eventually)

CUC:
Cerith snails (5)
Trochus snails (5)
Nassarius snails (5)
Blue legged hermit crab (5)
Emerald crab
Peppermint shrimp
Cleaner shrimp
Serpent or Brittle starfish

Corals:
Zoanthids
Sinullaria
Toadstool
Xenia
Green Star Polyps
Euphyllia (Frogspawn/Hammer)
Bubble
Duncan
Candy Cane
+ maybe limited SPS wayyy down the road.

TIA,
Greg

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That is a lot of fish in 45 gallons.
I would pick which pair you wanted more the clowns or the cardinals. The clowns have a better chance of remaining a pair.

I would skip the dotty back. While less aggressive than other dotty’s could still be a little aggressive, especially to a fish like a pink streaked.

I prefer the smaller blenny’s over lawnmowers, they can get grumpy, and eat less algae as they get older. And for algae eaters i prefer smaller dwarf angels, but id limit your other fish if went this route. Also make sure its the last fish.
 

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Thanks, Gareth. Anyone else wanna share an expert opinion? TIA!
Agree with Gareth on the dotyback. For cardinals I agree too, but there are others that do well in groups like red lines cardinals and the are a very active cardinal. DD sells them in trios. Lawn mower blennys get large, aggressive, and territorial. Condsider a tailspot spot or flametail blenny
 

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wondering about size of tank needed for a pair of mandarins. Not your typical setup though. Tank is a 25 gallon IM ext lagoon plumbed into my main system, which consists of a dedicated 90 gallon fuge, and a 75 gallon sump, in addition to the main display (60 gallon cube). I don’t think pods would necessarily be an issue, but maybe there isn’t enough square footage for 2 to graze all day? Any thoughts? They would be the main pod eaters in the tank (lawn mower, clowns, cardinals are in the tank now). System is 5+ years old, however the lagoon is maybe 3-4 months.
 

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wondering about size of tank needed for a pair of mandarins. Not your typical setup though. Tank is a 25 gallon IM ext lagoon plumbed into my main system, which consists of a dedicated 90 gallon fuge, and a 75 gallon sump, in addition to the main display (60 gallon cube). I don’t think pods would necessarily be an issue, but maybe there isn’t enough square footage for 2 to graze all day? Any thoughts? They would be the main pod eaters in the tank (lawn mower, clowns, cardinals are in the tank now). System is 5+ years old, however the lagoon is maybe 3-4 months.
If you’re willing to dump lots of pods (ie money) in there if necessary, I think it ‘can’ work
 

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I have a 380-gallon display fowlr tank cycling. The only fish we are for sure is a dog-faced puffer. What are some other fish we should put in we want bright colorful fish? the tank has a deep sand bed and 320 pounds of rock in it. Thanks for any suggestions Justin
 

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I have a 380-gallon display fowlr tank cycling. The only fish we are for sure is a dog-faced puffer. What are some other fish we should put in we want bright colorful fish? the tank has a deep sand bed and 320 pounds of rock in it. Thanks for any suggestions Justin
I like “variety” of shapes, so Puffer, angel, an Eel, a boxfish, and maybe a flounder
 

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